Neighborhood Notes Monster poll Steven Parr and dental work for the homeless

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first_img‘I Am Not A Monster’ Poll ResultsWe asked readers earlier this week if they thought the “I Am Not A Monster” ad campaign in the 16th and Mission BART station should be removed. Sixty percent of respondents said yes. The poll appeared in our piece about Nancy Ana Lucero, a lifelong resident of San Francisco, who says she was misled when asked to appear in the ad. The campaign was meant to give a human face to the massive development proposal for the 16th and Mission BART Plaza, which opponents have dubbed the “Monster in the Mission.” The developer, Maximus, who funds Mission4All, promises the ads will come down in the next few weeks (they were scheduled to come down Dec. 31).One-hundred and thirty respondents explained justified a “yes” vote by saying Lucero was “Not properly informed about how image would be portrayed.” More than 100 respondents said “Mission4All is a scam, these people only want money.” Others said Lucero was misled and victimized by a deception. Those of you who didn’t think the posters should be taken down said it was Lucero’s responsibility to “do her due diligence.” Others defended Maximus by saying they paid for the advertisement and got participants like Lucero to sign leases. Others simply stated their support for the development project and gentrification (there were nine votes for “I love gentrification”).Steven Parr Memorial Service A memorial service for film archivist and Mission fixture Steven Parr will take place Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. Parr, who founded the San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films — where he screened movies from his massive collection — died in October. The service will include tributes, film and music, followed by a reception. All are welcome.HealthRIGHT 360 dental clinic to openHealthRIGHT 360 is opening its first dental clinic at 1563 Mission St. to serve homeless and low-income people with special needs, such as addiction and mental health issues. The Integrated Care Center will open Jan. 8.The new project will work to address the gap in dental services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and the complex set of needs low-income and homeless patients have. The clinic will serve everyone. Facing an eviction? You’ll want an attorneyYou’re entitled to a lawyer if you’re accused of a crime, but not when you’re facing eviction. Housing rights activists want to change that, and this Saturday they will be gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would make San Francisco residents entitled to legal representation when facing eviction. Join them. They’ll be handing out petitions and clipboards from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 350 Alabama St. They need 17,000 signatures by Feb. 5.Flooding barriers go up ahead of rains Rain will be back on Monday, so the city will erect flood barriers this Sunday on the sidewalks at 17th and Folsom. If you’re in the area, be warned that those streets may be partially blocked, and there may be temporarily limited parking. 0%center_img Tags: development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Our City Our Home campaign prepares for DavidvsGoliath battle

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first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Only blocks away from where Food Not Bombs volunteers serve black beans to a long line of homeless men and women at the 16th and Mission BART plaza, a cadre of homeless advocates donned eveningwear and clinked glasses as they regrouped for what is sure to be a historic battle. “This is our time,” Jennifer Friedenbach, the executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, told a group of some 50 people gathered last night at Slate Bar on 16th Street. “This is going to be a David vs. Goliath fight.” Friedenbach was referring to Our City, Our Home — a ballot measure that, if passed by voters in November, would direct nearly $300 million to city housing and homelessness services via a tax on San Francisco companies that gross more than $50 million a year. And it figures to be a “David-and-Goliath fight,” because the measure is sure to meet well-funded opposition from some of the city’s most powerful business interests. Already, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has indicated that it will oppose the measure. “They’re going to be spending millions,” Friedenbach predicted. Meanwhile, the evening’s fundraising goal was $8,000. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at the trendy bar on the fringe of the Mission was one of relief and celebration — or, as 30-year-old Evan Owski put it, “inevitability.” Owski was one of the 500 volunteers who snapped into action to gather a whopping 28,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, despite a dearth of paid signature-gatherers, which nearly crippled the effort. “So many people I talk to say, ‘this is a no-brainer,’ or, ‘why haven’t we done this?’” Owski said. “There is a sense of inevitability that I hope translates into people actually coming out to volunteer for us.” Owski, who himself gathered 400 signatures, said it will be crucial for the campaign to mobilize with the same sense of urgency as the volunteers gathering signatures. “We’re going to need people to drop literature on doors, help us make fundraising calls — we need all kinds of help,” he said. If approved by a simple majority of voters, half of the estimated $300 million generated annually by the tax would be routed to building, rehabilitating and preserving some 4,000 units of housing. A quarter of the funds would be used for mental health services. And around 15 percent would help to prevent homelessness, while 10 percent would be used to create new shelter beds. “This is one of the biggest, boldest measures San Francisco has seen to address homelessness,” said Sam Lew, a policy director at the Coalition on Homelessness and Our City, Our Home’s campaign manager. “There isn’t a larger measure to address housing and homelessness, I think, in the United States.” The Mission District, Lew said, would see a relatively quick reduction in street homelessness, as the plan would be to open up around 1,000 SRO rooms for those in the most need. She added that the 15 percent of the haul aimed at homelessness prevention — i.e. long- and short-term rental subsidies for the elderly and disabled — would aid in curbing the neighborhood’s high rate of displacement. The evening was undoubtedly a nexus of the city’s progressive politicos. District 6 Supervisor candidate Matt Haney was there, as was former District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, who said he donated to the campaign and will be going door-to-door to promote the measure. Dean Preston, who is running for District 5 in 2019, said he will be mobilizing volunteers. “For me, the top priority in San Francisco over the next few months is to make sure this passes,” he said. “I mean, I’ve pulled papers to run for supervisor, but in terms of what we’re really going to be doing is passing this measure.”  Early in the evening, as the music bumped and attendees pecked at tamales with plastic forks, former District 9 Supervisor and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano took the floor, and recalled how the conventional wisdom was that Our City, Our Home would never amass the necessary 10,000 signatures because “you have to pay all this money for signatures.” “You know what I say?” he continued. “Don’t fuck with us — because that’s what makes us stronger.” center_img Email Address,0%last_img read more

THE new era of Rugby League is upon us and with it

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first_imgTHE new era of Rugby League is upon us and with it comes a new venue for the Magic Weekend.Your Saints will take on Warrington Wolves on Sunday May 31 at 3.15pm at the fantastic St James’ Park in Newcastle.The venue and the City offer a superb package of fun and activities to keep the family entertained over the whole Magic Weekend.The 12 First Utility Super League teams play a full round of fixtures at on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31.Tickets are on sale now from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or clicking here, with Season Ticket Holders entitled to a significant discount of 50% per ticket:STHNon-STH Conc STHConc Non-STHCat 1: Day (allocated)£22.50£40£11.25£22.50Cat 1: Weekend (allocated)£35£65£35£17.50Cat 2: Day (unallocated)£17.50£30£8.75£17.50Cat 2: Weekend (unallocated)£27.50£50£27.50£13.75Cat 3: Day (unallocated)£12.50£20£6.25£12.50Cat 3: Weekend (unallocated)£20£35£20£10Fans looking to secure discounted accommodation early in the North East can do so via a special Magic Weekend WebsiteNewcastle Gateshead In Detail:United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (on the south bank) form a single vibrant visitor destination. Newcastle Gateshead is the place to come for thrilling sport, dazzling culture and superb shopping, great places to eat and – it’s not just us that say it – one of Europe’s best nights out!And it’s all served up with a hearty helping of our famous Geordie friendliness, from the moment our iconic Angel of the North welcomes you – literally – with open arms.At intu Eldon Square you can hop from major department stores like John Lewis and Fenwick to chic boutiques without stepping outside. Intu Metrocentre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure centre, has over 300 shops as well as restaurants, an IMAX cinema and an entertainment centre to keep kids of all ages amused.Fancy a spot of history? Then admire the view from the Norman Castle Keep, standing on the original site of the ‘New Castle’ which gave the city its name.Or step back more than2,000 years to discover our Roman heritage at the Great North Museum: Hancock. And there’s plenty more in store at the Hancock, from live pythons and lizards to a life-size T-Rex skeleton! If you’re hungry for more learning fun, head to Life Science Centre and discover just what makes you human with interactive science demonstrations, a daring 4D motion ride and a range of films and live events in Britain’s most popular planetarium.For a stunning roof-top view and spot of fine dining visit SIX at BALTIC. Or experience a touch of glamour at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill. If you’re on the lookout for great Geordie beers with tasty pub classics, head to The Broad Chare on the Quayside, recent winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand.www.NewcastleGateshead.comlast_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

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first_imgLMS scored two tries in an 80-minute performance at loose-forward, in a game that Saints started and ended with a bang, but were made to work hard through the middle periods.On the win that consolidated Saint’s lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table, Louis said:“To get the two points was good, but we let ourselves down a bit in the middle.“Leeds have got some really good players, we started really well in the first half and ended the second half well, the mood in the camp is buzzing, we have got the winning taste in our mouth and we just want to keep that going.”Watch the full interview below.,On the win that consolidated Saint’s lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table, Louis said:“To get the two points was good, but we let ourselves down a bit in the middle.“Leeds have got some really good players, we started really well in the first half and ended the second half well, the mood in the camp is buzzing, we have got the winning taste in our mouth and we just want to keep that going.”Watch the full interview below.last_img read more

Confrontation over loud child in Carolina Beach restaurant ends with gun drawn

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first_img Luke Aaron Tiller, 31, is charged with assault by pointing a gun.Police spokesman Scott Hettinger said an argument started over Tiller’s child making loud noises. The alleged victim asked Tiller to stop the kid from hitting a glass.Hettinger said the confrontation ended with Tiller pulling a gun.Related Article: Wilmington Police wants new technology to solve crimesDiners in the restaurant panicked and ran out.Tiller left the area before police arrived.  Police arrested Tiller and seized the firearm in the 700 Block of N.Lake Park Blvd.Tiller is scheduled to appear in court on August 22. Luke Aaron Tiller (Photo: Carolina Beach Police Department) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Raleigh man is accused of pulling a gun on a stranger inside a restaurant in Carolina Beach.Carolina Beach Police say it happened Friday just before 7:00 p.m. at the Deck House on Charlotte Avenue.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Francis Zammit Dimech launches MEP reelection campaign

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first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> MEP candidate for the Nationalist Party Francis Zammit Dimech, has today launched his campaign to be reelected for the European Parliament.Zammit Dimech, who was elected to replace Therese Comodini Cachia in June 2017, told the audience at his launch that he had managed to achieve results on the fight against cancer, environmental protection and on the fairness of competition for small businesses.He stated that should he be returned to Strasbourg, he was determined to, ‘safeguard our reputation and our rights, to fight injustices and improve the quality of life of the Maltese and Gozitans through better health services and a sustainable economy.’The event was attended by the current PN leader Adrian Delia and the former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.Both men praised Francis Zammit, saying he was a ‘team player’ and a reliable and dependable politician.Adding musical accompaniment to the event was a performance from the ‘ZENE Quartet’. Zammit Dimech had been working towards improving the cultural sector and importance of Maltese and Gozitan bands in Europe.WhatsApplast_img read more

Long term unemployment low in Malta compared to EU

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first_imgLong term unemployment rates for economically active Maltese in 2018, are below EU averages according to new figures.Eurostat reports that the demographic of the population between 15 and 74 years old, were almost 13% below the EU average for 2018, (30.8% and 43.2% respectively.) The figure represents an almost 10% reduction on the previous year (2017 – 40.1%).These new unemployment figures also outperform fellow Mediterranean states by between 1% and just over 20% respectively. According to Eurostat, Cyprus is recorded to have 31.7%, Spain on 41.7%, Portugal 43.7% and Italy on 58.1%.Scandinavian states within the European Union, outperform the European average. Iceland recorded unemployment in 2018 at 10.3%, Denmark 20.9%, Sweden at 18.6% and Finland at 21.8%. This reflects a reduction of between over 50% and 70% less than the current EU average.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Eight Egyptian security personnel killed attack in Sinai – state TV

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Eight Egyptian security personnel were killed on Wednesday in an attack at a checkpoint in north Sinai, where five militants were also killed, Egypt state TV said.Militants launched attacks on a number of security checkpoints in northern Sinai, state television reported on Wednesday. .Previously, medics and a security source told Reuters that at least three security personnel, including one officer died, as well as one civilian in one of the attacks. Other security sources put the police death toll at 10 and said that four militants were also killed.Egyptian forces have long been battling Islamist militants behind a series of attacks on security forces and civilians in northern Sinai.The Egyptian army and police launched a major security campaign against militants in February last year, following an attack in November 2017 on a mosque in which hundreds of worshippers died.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Update 2 BOVs POS terminals and ATMs back to normal

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first_imgThe Bank of Valletta has said that its Point Of Sale terminals and ATM systems are no back up and running.This follows technical issues which resulted in the systems going down during Saturday afternoon and leaving customers unable to buy items either in Malta or abroad.BOV has said that it has apologised for the inconvenience caused to its customers.Absolutely disgusting – Maltese holiday maker affected by BOV problemsMaltese holidaymakers have been getting in touch with Newsbook.com.mt to explain how the problem with their BOV cards have been affecting them.‘Absolutely disgusting.’ one holidaymaker has told Newsbook.com.mt. They say that they are, ‘stuck in Madrid with no access to funds,’ having had to cancel reservations and won’t be able to do any shopping.They added that the situation happened at around 2PM lunchtime when they found out that both of their cards had been declined. Initially thinking that their cards had been declined, they called BOV for 10 minutes and received no answer. They managed to get through and BOV explained that the problem had been today with the system being down for an update.‘We are still without money so can’t do anything. Holiday is a disaster today.’When Newsbook.com.mt last spoke to them, they were, ‘in a cafe as it’s 40 degree and can’t go anywhere now.’Taking care of cashAnother Maltese holiday maker who is also in Madrid, told Newsbook.com.mt that the problem happened to them in the early afternoon finding it strange that their cards were ‘unusually declined and I had to use my cash to pay.’Now they haven’t been able to do any shopping or to eat out.‘I subsequently called BOV contact centre and they confirmed their problem but had no idea when it would be solved,’ they added.BOV’s point of sale terminals and ATM downBank of Valletta’s ATM systems and point of sale terminals are not working.A BOV spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the bank is experiencing technical issues with its point of sale terminal and ATM system on Saturday. He further added that the bank is doing its utmost to resolve the issue and as it apologised for any inconvenience caused.“Customers had to go home for cash”A spokesperson for PAMA said that many of its clients had to go home and retrieve cash or issue a cheque due to technical issues. Newsbook.com.mtTechnical issues seem to have developed earlier on in the afternoon on Saturday.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Rondon joins Benitez at Dalian Yifang

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first_img SharePrint Salomon Rondon has joined Chinese club Salomon Rondon for £16.5m from West Bromwich. The Venezuela international striker spent last season on loan at Newcastle United and managed to score 12 goals for the Magpies.According to reports in the English press, both Newcastle and West Ham wanted to sign the 29-year-old on a permanent basis but the former Zenit St Petersburg striker opted to join Benitez at Dalian Yifang. The Asian club already boasts of Yannick Carrasco and former Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik in its ranks.A statement on West Bromwich’s official website read:“Rondon arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2015 and made 120 appearances for the Baggies, scoring 28 goals.”“The club wishes Salomon and his family all the very best in the future.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africas TopSelling Mobile Handsets

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first_imgAdvertisement 1. Nokia XpressMusic 5130While there are many models available, Nokia’s XpressMusic 5130 is generally regarded as the most successful phone in Africa. The model, manufactured in Romania, experienced an upsurge when it was released in 2009. It features an ARM9 234 MHz CPU, LCD Colour display with a 240 × 320 pixels (QVGA) resolution, and only 30 MB internal memory. The phone has worldwide sales topping 65-million, and is the number two best-selling phone in South Africa and Zambia.2. Samsung E250Although it is not the most successful mobile handset in Africa, the Samsung E250 is the biggest single model in several markets, including that of South Africa. The model was released in 2006, and at last count, the phone sold over 30-million units worldwide. It features an ARM9-230 MHz processor, 10MB memory, VGA camera, 2.0″ display, Bluetooth, MP3 player, and FM radio.3. Nokia 2700Together with the Nokia 2330, the 2700 features very high on browser maker Opera’s list of phones most used with their browser. The quad-band GSM cell phone has a camera, FM radio, bluetooth connectivity and multimedia playback.  Running off the Series 40 Nokia operating system, the company recently revealed that it has sold over 1.5 billion S40 devices. – Advertisement – 4. Nokia 3310Widely considered one of the most robust and most popular phones ever, the Nokia 3310 was released in 2000 and sales have surpassed the 135-million mark worldwide. Replacing the Nokia 3210, the upgrade device features an 84 x 48 pure monochrome display, 115 g battery and includes what were considered rare features for the time – including a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stop watch and a reminder function. One of the most popular features of the phone is its games menu, including the likes of Snake II, Pairs II and Space Impact.5. Huawei Ideos U8150Largely unpopular and unknown in South Africa, Huawei’s Ideos 8150 smartphone is one of the best-sellers in East African countries such as Kenya. According to research firm World Wide Worx, the phone sold over 350 000 units in Kenya alone. It features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.16 megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, built-in GPS/AGPS. It can accomodate a microSD slot and runs on a Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz ARM 11 CPU with 256 MB RAM.6. BlackBerry Curve 8520To no surprise, a BlackBerry model is one of the best-selling single smartphone models on the continent, with more than a million units sold in Nigeria and South Africa. Manufactured by Research in Motion (RIM) since 2009, it follows up on the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve 8300 models. It was also the first BlackBerry model to introduce the new trackpad as opposed to the trackball from previous models. It features a 320 x 240 pixel 16-bit display, uses a 512 MHz CPU with 256 MB internal memory.Source: IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

Kola Studios Releases Mosquito Rush A New Mobile Game

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first_imgAdvertisement Kola studios, the game developers famously known for their popular card game “Matatu” officially announced the launch of “Mosquito Rush”, an action packed fun game where the mission is to smash all mosquitoes at all costs.The mission of the game is to smash and eliminate these mosquitoes to protect a baby; users have to be fast, furious and accurate. The players need to survive from the mosquito attack and make sure none of them escape or else the game is over. – Advertisement – The design team put a great amount of effort into the graphic work to create a room that is typical Ugandan and visually beautiful. Constant updates will be made on the difficulty levels and environment.This game is the latest innovation from Kola Studios which has evolved from developing Matatu, the most popular game in Uganda with over 60,000 users. It also has other games; Last Card, Keiko, Spar, Karata, Tapt and Zword to its name and more to be released.last_img read more

Remas Linda wins her 2nd MTN Caller Tunes Award

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first_imgMTN’s Brand Manager Isaac Tegule (Center ) hands over a dummy check of Ugx 2.5M to Chris Evans (Right ) and Rema Namakula (Left) for winning as artists of November in the MTN CRBT Online awards with their duet “Linda” Advertisement Their duet “Linda” won with 11,490 new downloads in November, closely followed by “Friendly Match” with 10,816 new downloads in the same period. After David Lutalo’s ‘Manya’ dominating the MTN CallerTunez (CRBT) Online awards for two consecutive months, Chris Evans and Rema Namakula’s ‘Linda’ breaks the trend to win MTN CallerTune for the month of November with 11,490 new downloads. ‘Linda’ becomes the second Rema song to win the MTN CRBT online awards after her single Muchuzi won the inaugural MTN CallerTune in the month of August 2015.“Winning the MTN CallerTune Monthly Award for a second time is overwhelming considering that there are just so many good songs in the market. I am very grateful to MTN for this initiative and also thankful to our fans for believing and supporting us. I want to particularly thank Chris Evans and our management teams that made this collaboration a reality,” remarked Rema Namakula. – Advertisement – On his part, Chris Evans noted: “This CallerTunez project benefits every stakeholder. Now that I have won my first, expect me to win again and again. Together with my fans and management, we are committed to success.”MTN continues with its vision of delivering a bold new digital world by innovating through initiatives like CallerTunez online awards. For artistes,CallerTunez are fast becoming an alternative business model, complementing other revenue streams and for customers it’s an affordable way of entertaining themselves while supporting their own.“I appreciate our Customers’ great response to MTN CallerTunez and in particular the MTN CallerTunez Awards initiative. Since the launch, we have seen a tremendous growth in MTN CallerTunez downloads. The MTN CallerTunez Awards only goes to show how responsive customers can be when we innovate and execute mutually beneficial initiatives. In the case of the initiative, both the artistes and customers continue to benefit from their efforts,” MTN Uganda CMO, Mapula Bodibe said.Ms. Mapula went on to congratulate the winners; Chris Evans, Rema Namakula and the customers with the most downloads in November who win themselves Huawei Devices and Cash prizes.[related-posts]Customers Rewarded; Racheal Mbabazi, a resident of Bweyogerere who spent UGX.149, 650 in the Month of November on downloading the MTN CallerTunez won herself a Huawei Mate 7 for the CallerTunez Customer of the month. Additionally, 10 lucky CallerTunez customers received UGX. 100,000 each.Huawei Digital Service Operations Manager Monicah Yimin Yang (Left ) hands over a Huawei Mate 7 smartphone to Mbabazi Racheal (Right ) as the customer of the Month of November in the MTN CRBT online awards today at MTN Nyonyi Gardens offices.To participate in the CallerTunez online awards, customers simply need to dial *170*2# and download a CallerTune of their choice at only UGX. 550 per month. Lucky customers that participate in downloading CallerTunez stand a chance to win up to UGX 1,000,000 and Huawei devices every month.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Brighton Hove Albion v Wolves

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first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]appy New Year and welcome to 2016.Plenty of sport to get stuck into on Friday including racing at Cheltenham and the darts quarter finals:Alan Norris v Jelle Klaasen Gary Anderson v James Wade Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith Adrian Lewis v Peter WrightIt’s a quieter day on the football front with just three games but they are all televised.First up at 3pm is Brighton v Wolves in the Championship. After a stunning start to the season Brighton have just gone off the boil with two defeats in their last three games. Firstly at the hands of Middlesbrough who brushed them aside 3-0 and then a 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich. Both Boro and Ipswich are very much in the promotion hunt themselves so there is no disgrace in those losses but coming on the back of a 21 match unbeaten streak Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be hoping that normal service can be resumed and the recent games are no more than a wobble rather than a full scale collapse.On-loan Dutch winger Rajiv Van La Parra is missing from the Brighton squad against his parent club.Brighton have further team worries with defenders Uwe Hunemeier (groin), Liam Rosenior (knee) and Gaetan Bong (thigh) all definitely out and team captain Gordon Greer is rated doubtful with a hamstring injury.Wolves are without defender Kortney Hause (hamstring) and keeper Emi Martinez (thigh) who is close to a return but will not play.Brighton & Hove Albion v WolvesChampionship15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 0-0 BrightonMar 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 WolvesDec 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-1 BrightonMay 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 2-0 WolvesNov 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 3-3 BrightonApr 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-0 BrightonNov 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 WolvesDec 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-1 BrightonSep 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 WolvesFeb 2003 LEAGUE DIV 1 Brighton 4-1 WolvesFirst Star Sports bet of 2016 is a win on Brighton at around 6/5.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BRIGHTON for 10 points at around 6/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 68.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Switzerland v Portugal

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first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he DRAW recommendation worked out well in Belgrade last night for a nice profit.No home nation interest on Tuesday but plenty more World Cup Qualifiers to get stuck into.The match that interests me most is Switzerland v Portugal (SKY SPORTS 1, 7.45pm).Euro 2016 champions Portugal only managed to win one victory in normal time before going on to lift the trophy in the summer and Switzerland avoided defeat in all four of their games.It was a very lacklustre tournament as far as I’m concerned and I’m not sure we can take the form too seriously moving forwards and onwards to Russia 2018.The Portuguese certainly will be anxious to not fall into the same trap that Greece did when winning Euro 2004 but failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2006.Without injured star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal are a very different outfit.Switzerland v PortugalFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Switzerland 2-0 PortugalOct 1993 WORLD CUP Portugal 1-0 SwitzerlandMar 1993 WORLD CUP Switzerland 1-1 PortugalSep 1989 WORLD CUP Switzerland 1-2 PortugalApr 1989 WORLD CUP Portugal 3-1 SwitzerlandNov 1987 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 0-0 SwitzerlandOct 1986 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Switzerland 1-1 PortugalMar 1982 INTERNATIONAL Switzerland 2-1 PortugalAgain, I’m sticking with a DRAW as the most likely outcome which can be backed at around 19/10 with Star Sports and a small dabble on 0-0 at 11/2 which amazingly is the market leader on the correct score market.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW for 8 points at 19/10 with Star SportsBACK 0-0 CS for 3 points at 11/2 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +66.90 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 4 December HORSE RACING12.10 KelsoMount Mews 4/5 > 4/71.40 FairyhouseVroum Vroum Mag 4/5 > 4/62.30 HuntingdonTop Tug 5/2 > 2/12.50 KelsoAerial 4/1 > 3/13.30 HuntingdonKid Kalanisi 5/1 > 7/2LIVE FOOTBALLFA Cup 2nd Round12:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD9/2 Curzon Ashton 4/7 AFC Wimbledon 3/1 DRAWPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD4/1 AFC Bournemouth 4/6 Liverpool 3/1 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD11/4 Everton 21/10 Man Utd 23/10 DRAWLa Liga19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD8/11 Valencia 4/1 Malaga 11/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Juventus v Tottenham

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first_imgAfter a seemingly eternal break, the Champions League explodes back into action tonight with the first of the last 16 first round games.Spurs are in Italy where they play the mighty Juventus for the first time competitively.Both sides are in strong form domestically – Juventus one point off leaders Napoli at the top of Serie A and Spurs pushing for another automatic Champions League place.Juventus have incredibly conceded just once in their last 16 matches and are rock solid at home – unbeaten in 26 home European matches. As such, you’d have to consider a DRAW a fantastic result for Spurs to take back to Wembley.Given the current form of Juventus, I actually thought they might be shorter in the market even with the absence of Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Blaise Matuidi.Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri said: “We know their strengths and we know that we will have to suffer for some parts of the game because Tottenham have four players with great quality in attack.“We have achieved very good results in Europe. Only Real Madrid have done better in my opinion in recent years.”Juventus v Tottenham HotspurUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Never playedKeeping it simple tonight with a win on Juventus at around 13/10 with Star Sports. Check out all the match specials below.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK JUVENTUS 12 points at 13/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 88.34 pointslast_img read more

Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Guest of Baker Institute

July 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794 TUNISIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER GUEST OF BAKER INSTITUTE Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Habib Ben Yahia will speak on Thursday, Sept. 21, 1995, at a dinner sponsored by Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. BenYahia’s speech is titled “Tunisia’s Approach to Islam.” The dinner will start at 7 p.m. in the Austin Room of the Four Seasons Hotel,1300 Lamar. The foreign minister will speak at about 8 p.m.“Tunisia is an important country in North Africa, and the close bilateral relations between the United States and Tunisia have been instrumental in promoting the Arab-Israeli Peace Process,” said Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute. “The Baker Institute is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide a forum in which faculty and students of the Rice community and members of theHouston community can interact with Foreign Minister Ben Yahia.” Ben Yahia was named Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Tunisian Republic in February 1991. Prior to that he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs, and as Tunisian Ambassador to theUnited States and Japan. The dinner is another in a series of presentations sponsored by the Baker Institute as a part of its Shell Lecture Series, which ismade possible through a gift from the Shell Oil Company Foundation. Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4794. Copies of Ben Yahia’s speech will be available from the Rice University News Office on Friday, Sept. 22, 1995, bycalling (713) 831-4795. ###last_img read more

Forced evolution Can we mutate viruses to death

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first_imgShare1CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Forced evolution: Can we mutate viruses to death?Analysis reveals role of gene swaps in evolution of diseaseIt sounds like a science fiction movie: A killer contagion threatens the Earth, but scientists save the day with a designer drug that forces the virus to mutate itself out of existence. The killer disease? Still a fiction. The drug? It could become a reality thanks to a new study by Rice University bioengineers. The study, which is available online and slated for publication in the journal Physical Review E, offers the most comprehensive mathematical analysis to date of the mechanisms that drive evolution in viruses and bacteria. Rather than focusing solely on random genetic mutations, as past analyses have, the study predicts exactly how evolution is affected by the exchange of entire genes and sets of genes. “We wanted to focus more attention on the roles that recombination and horizontal gene transfer play in the evolution of viruses and bacteria,” said bioengineer Michael Deem, the study’s lead researcher. “So, we incorporated both into the leading models that are used to describe bacterial and viral evolution, and we derived exact solutions to the models.” The upshot is a newer, composite formula that more accurately captures what happens in real world evolution. Deem’s co-authors on the study include Rice graduate student Enrique Muñoz and longtime collaborator Jeong-Man Park, a physicist at the Catholic University of Korea in Bucheon. In describing the new model, Deem drew an analogy to thermodynamics and discussed how a geneticist or drug designer could use the new formula in much the same way that an engineer might use thermodynamics formulas. “Some of the properties that describe water are density, pressure and temperature,” said Deem. “If you know any two of them, then you can predict any other one using thermodynamics. “That’s what we’re doing here,” he said. “If you know the recombination rate, mutation rate and fitness function, our formula can analytically predict the properties of the system. So, if you have recombination at a certain frequency, I can say exactly how much that helps or hurts the fitness of the population.” Deem, Rice’s John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy, said the new model helps to better describe the evolutionary processes that occur in the real world, and it could be useful for doctors, drug designers and others who study how diseases evolve and how our immune systems react to that evolution. One idea that was proposed about five years ago is “lethal mutagenesis.” In a nutshell, the idea is to design drugs that speed up the mutation rates of viruses and push them beyond a threshold called a “phase transition.” The thermodynamic analogy for this transition is the freezing or melting of water — which amounts to a physical transition between water’s liquid and solid phases. “Water goes from a liquid to a solid at zero degrees Celsius under standard pressure, and you can represent that mathematically using thermodynamics,” Deem said. “In our model, there’s also a phase transition. If the mutation, recombination or horizontal gene transfer rates are too high, the system delocalizes and gets spread all over sequence space.”  Deem said the new results predict which parameter values will lead to this delocalization. A competing theory is that a mutagenesis drug may eradicate a virus or bacterial population by reducing the fitness to negative values. The new mathematical results allow calculation of this mechanism when the fitness function and the mutation, recombination and horizontal gene transfer rates are known. Without theoretical tools like the new model, drug designers looking to create pills to induce lethal mutagenesis couldn’t say for certain under what parameter ranges the drugs really worked. Deem said the new formula should provide experimental drug testers with a clear picture of whether the drugs — or something else — causes mutagenesis. The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Korea Research Foundation. AddThislast_img read more

Role of women in Middle East subject of Nov 16 Baker Institute

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first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRole of women in Middle East subject of Nov. 16 Baker Institute lectureIsobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations will discuss her latest book, “Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East,” Nov. 16 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The lecture, titled “Women, Islam and Reform in the Middle East,” will begin at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/media_directions.cfm.Coleman is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She also serves as the director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Initiative and CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, educational reform and microfinance. In 2006, she co-authored “Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security.” Her Baker Institute talk will examine how women are bringing about reform in the Middle East within an Islamic framework.Prior to joining CFR, Coleman was CEO of a health care services company and a partner with McKinsey & Company in New York. She was formerly a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at American University, where she taught political economy. A Marshall Scholar, Coleman holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.The event is sponsored by the Kelly Day Endowment on the Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East and the Ghada Irani Discretionary Fund.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more